Damage-Tolerant Design of Deterministic and Nondeterministic Structural Systems

by Dan M. Frangopol, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Marek Klisinski, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation

Abstract: Many structures are exposed to very hazardous environments and they are likely to be damaged during their lifetime. Damage occurrence may cause a dramatic reduction in the safety of structural systems and eventually, collapse. This paper presents the concept and methodology of design of deterministic and nondeterministic systems by including in the design process the possible future damage to the structure. The damage-tolerant design concept and methodology are illustrated with a five-bar truss example considering both brittle and ductile behavior.

Subject Headings: Structural systems | Damage (structural) | Structural safety | Environmental issues | Structural reliability | Structural failures | Conceptual design

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